JESUS’S DIVINITY [306a]

I am tempted to buy into this “argument” for some reason or other, maybe it’s because having touched on the subject with another blogger, I feel dissatisfied with the result being inconclusive.

Jesus never sinned. This was because within his conscious self he was absolutely certain of his identity as the Son of God. If we consider sinning to be as the result of falling to temptation, then this never happened to him as it does to us.

Even though the temptations presented to him were far stronger (because HE was far stronger) than those presented to us, he refused to abandon his identity as Son of God. He was connected to His Father, and only did as He was told. He was not “robotic”, he had his “own” will, but that will was continually in submission to God. [for the glory set before him]. He was in love relationship with his Father. [which relationship was always present]

So it was his SPIRIT that was perfect and remained perfect throughout.

Contrastingly, his FLESH was of the same nature as ours. Deficient, weak, faulty. Doomed to die. Whether we consider the temptations to be inwardly derived or externally communicated, the results may be identical. In both cases we can see that man is cleansed on the basis of Jesus bearing the uncleanness for us, something we could not do ourselves.

The difference in the two approaches is that the tempter is seen to be either outside or inside of man. If outside, then that which Jesus achieved was simply remaining pure in the face of temptation that otherwise would have destroyed a normal man. Then because he “remained” pure, he was worthy of immortality. Faith in death overcome, then changes man’s heart to cleansed status.

If inside, then there were specific problems related to humanity itself, which needed to be “fixed up.” Man had become a servant of “satan”. Human nature contained self destructive elements that had their root in the condemnation that he felt because of death. Certainly this could be addressed by faith, as mentioned above. But what is apparent is that there was a problem with man that was pre-existant, that was I suppose what you would call ORIGINAL SIN.

So then, is man defective in some biological way or not? Are the processes that take him to the grave, capable of being reversed by faith? Or not?

Did Jesus need to intervene in said defective biology, or not?.

Well, faith or no faith, we all die. Faith takes hold of the promise and in believing that all is well, proceeds towards the grave in the belief that its effects have been rendered impotent in the long run. Because of the new life in Christ that changes us, we also with him are able to be resurrected.  What of any damaged DNA or structure of the body?

That would seem of no matter then?  But though it be of no matter in us, it would certainly have been a matter of concern “in Him”, because in his case we were not only looking at the perfect spirit, we were also concerned with that which had to be presented to the Father. Though righteousness overcame the power of temptation, we have to be convinced that our mortal body has been involved in this redemption, because it reflects on his own body as far as righteousness with a view to immortality is concerned. This is so because not only was he “tempted in all points as us”, but he supposedly had the same body as us. If his mortal body was immortalised, it had to first be perfect. If he was already perfect, this then goes against the “made in all ways as us” if that is what it says? CHECK.

Otherwise we would have to accept that the body was just a carrier of the spirit, and didn’t matter in the scheme of things, other than as a device through which trial temptation and testing, could be applied.

I have taken the view that his body was like ours, and as such, carries all the problems of the flesh including temptation, weakness, fear, darkness of spirit and etc. The fact of separation from his father (calling him “God”) means that he was suffering all that we suffer because of SIN “IN THE FLESH”. If there is no “sin in the flesh”, then what was it that he bore?  And if he endured “hell” for us, it was because he was also taking upon himself the responsibility for sin.

Paul in Romans 7 spoke of this matter and concluded that his flesh was in control, BECAUSE OF THE INTERNALISED NATURE OF SIN. And next we meet the question  “was it only the contamination from others sin that caused us to go astray also?”

Separation from God is not a problem if we are innocent. It is only a problem if we are guilty. [in fact it is this guilt that causes the perceived separation]. Adam left Heaven as a guilty man. Did his guilt carry over to other generations? According to scripture it did so. “Unto the fourth generation”. Being separated from God would not have been a problem in itself, for Jesus. But having OUR NATURE and being separated from God would be a huge problem, since it was only the presence of God that was his strength at that time. And I see that this problem did indeed exist.

There is no way he could have been contaminated with our sin outside of it being inherent in our nature, the nature that he also bore/wore. He had remained isolated and unaffected – isolated because He kept sin (our sin) at arms length, did not “fall”, therefore was not “contaminated”. His contamination had to be pre-existent and internalised.

If we conclude this, then we can conclude that the source of his temptation was internalised also. Be that as it may, his body that was just like ours, which included latent mental structures predisposed to corruption, but which he had isolated like a “foreign body” or even foreign entity, was deficient and faulty because the mechanism that had been set into play by Adam’s disobedience was common to all men and would “rear its ugly head” regardless of individuality.

Paul in Romans 7 found that there was “sin in the flesh”. It is this very situation that had to be common to Jesus, also.  Paul was overcome by it.  Jesus was not. Yet Jesus had to prove that righteousness in its mercy, could deal with it through love. When the relationship between God and Jesus was “suspended” because Jesus entered into his internal darkness that we are, he had to rely on his own righteousness by which to overcome and gain the victory. It is this righteousness that returned the state of his body to perfection, healing it, restoring it, renewing it. Worthy of immortality. Suffering in the inner conflict.

If the body were just a vehicle for the spirit, man would be without representation because both his spirit and his body were contaminated. Yes Jesus came  as a perfect spirit but he had to inhabit an imperfect body. If his spirit was all there was to it then it was really “no contest” because this spirit was always going to emerge unscathed.

As a result, Jesus became the first fruits of all creation. The body is not unimportant, especially when we consider Jesus. It has been said that “There is now dust in Heaven”. Meaning that the flesh and blood creation has emerged from the mire and triumphed over the sin condition. But it can only do it through Jesus because of the need to draw on Him and His resources. We have to be “IN  HIM”. He will take care of the perfection process in us.

And so to the “lamb without spot or blemish”. At face value, he was perfect in all ways. But we know that, contrary to old testament sacrifices, he had this imperfect body of ours. Yet the concept meets common approval, just as the simple “blood sacrifice” of the cross meets common approval. But it runs deeper than this. HE was perfect, but HE was the son of God, inhabiting yet denying the flesh its “power”. Until his son-ship was tested. Then its power and His power clashed in conflict “on the cross”. Righteousness met unrighteousness, love met internal opposition to itself and overcame it. Much more than just temptation..

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SO WHAT IF GOD LOVES ME [166e]

So someone says to you, “God loves you”. What effect is that going to have?  You say “so what, he is a long way away and I don’t feel his love, so what’s the point?”

What if it were true that God loved you. You might say well, I’m still going to die, just being told God loves me does nothing for me or the thousands of other people it has been said to.

There needs to be some basis for believing it. There is not enough information in just being told it is so. That’s why he sent Jesus, to tell us and show us.

The fact is, that just the fact of God loving you will not save you from death, but the fact of you really believing it, will save you from death. Because you already are in death, and you are in that death because you have lived without believing that God loved you. That is why you presently feel unloved. So you feel the absence of love well enough, and you don’t feel the presence of love. But if you really believed that the love was there, it would take away the feeling of not being loved.

So you see, it depends on what you believe to be true. The problem is, that if we believe there is something wrong with us, we won’t believe that just being loved is enough to remedy the situation. But we need to recognise that the thing that is wrong with us is simply that we won’t let go of our unbelief in regard to this.

We are saved by faith because that means we are saved by believing something, not because we are feeling something. Fair enough that we can say that when we are saved that we would expect to feel something good as a result. But faith works because by believing, by having faith, you actually make true in yourself that which you believe. Now God is asking us to believe he loves us even though he doesn’t come down and put his arms around us. But Jesus came down and wrapped us in words of truth and comfort.

The thing we don’t understand is that when it is said that God loves us, that there is not some proviso attached that says we can’t benefit from that love because we are unsuitable to be loved for some reason, God loves us without any strings or provisos attached, because he just LOVES.  What needs to happen is that we need to let go of the feeling and belief of being unloved. Because not to do so is to make God a liar.

We see barriers between him and us because we have behaved badly. Because we are not lovers like him. We think that those barriers prevent us from being acceptable to Him, and that they prevent his love from reaching us. But, you see, there were never any barriers between him and us other than the ones we erect/erected from believing we are guilty and unworthy. His love doesn’t see any barriers, we just put those excuses there to excuse us from accepting and returning his love. The barriers went up on our side as a natural consequence of believing we were guilty.  Well, we were once, past tense. But God is in the business of relieving us from our guilt, and he has done this by communicating this fact to us, and he communicated it through Jesus.

Not only is he a forgiver who forgives, he has already done this in a way we can see, with Jesus. He has displayed the fact that he is a forgiver who goes on forgiving and never stops forgiving, which is only another way of saying that he goes on loving. So this love is what heals you from your unlove, but you have to lower the barriers of unbelief so that you can accept his love, the love that is real, the love that actually exists, and you need to believe.

There never were any barriers put up from God’s side to stop us accepting that God loves us, nor barriers to returning his love. They exist only in our mind and in our heart because we don’t understand they are only there because we feel guilty. But to feel guilty is to offer a testimony that God has done nothing to change this situation, when he sent his only son to die the death we feel so we could unfeel it.

There never were any barriers to God’s love, he has always loved us, we have accounted ourselves unlovable and our judgement that we are right in feeling those feelings has stopped us from recognising God’s love. Our sense of justice condemned ourselves because being made in his likeness we have the moral capability to make that call. Problem is, as soon as you make it, your self condemnation isolates you from God. You have erected the barrier where there really isn’t one that can be justified in remaining, because he simply loves you regardless. Unbelief keeps you from indulging yourself in the fact that he loves you. He sends us life and asks us to let go of our deathly ideas that are false and are maintaining our self erected separation from him.

WE maintain the separation because we refuse to acknowledge the truth, that he is love and nothing BUT love. We prefer to hide behind our unbelief  rather than admit he has really removed all our self erected nonsense, he has torn away the hiding places with the cross of his Son, and exposed all reasons and excuses to the brightness of his love.

HE JUST LOVES US. THERE ARE NO BARRIERS BETWEEN HIM AND US.  Unless we erect them.  And if we continue to maintain them we will also die with them and without his love having been allowed to enter into our lives and dispel all that non-love, all that hurt, that disappointment, that futility of living a life that is not life, but just delaying the inevitable Godless death. He has provided life,  we need to turn away from the death Jesus took, and take hold of the life [love][Spirit]  Jesus provided.

[As far as East is from West, so far are your sins removed from you].

JESUS ENTERED INTO THE DARKNESS [165s]

The difficulty of understanding all aspects of the cross may be lessened by understanding why Jesus said “My God…” in relation to his Father, since that is how most of mankind views God, as some sort of distant upholder of the law who is intent on bringing us to justice for our sins.

The subject of light and darkness is present in scripture as a means of understanding the good happy stuff as distinct from the bad sad stuff. That God is light and we (sin) are darkness. That he dwells in light while we dwell in darkness. [darkness is scary because you can’t see where you’re going].

When Jesus “bore our sin”, he entered into the darkness that is common to mankind, he entered into the state of separation from God who is light. This separation from God is a theme which began in the garden when Adam failed to maintain his relationship with God, who was his Father. Henceforth his relationship would be felt by him [Adam] as one who was an outcast from God’s presence, and as one who was unworthy of God’s love.

He felt this condition because his PERCEPTION of God had been altered by the cloud of sin and guilt that acted as a filter to prevent his own view of himself as being one who was acceptable and lovable. Where once there was only the singularity of God and his love, there now lay the complexity of sin and guilt, which heavily filtered out the light and brought darkness to his “soul”. [this darkness is seen as condemnation and “wrath” ]

Jesus was “made in all points as us”. This means he was not only the perfect son of God, but that he was a “heavenly Spirit” who lived in an earthly body. As such, his identity was always that of consciously being “The Son of God”, and to him, God was his Father. “Do you not know that I must be about my Father’s business” he said when he was twelve years old or so. This identity heavily “polarised” him so that his conscious self always dwelt within this identity, and any temptation that came to him was immediately isolated as being from an “alien” source.

This position/condition remained with him throughout his life until he began to enter into his “passion”, which means until he began to enter into the realm within himself that was identified as man’s “world”, man’s consciousness, man’s deficiencies, and man’s sins and the very mechanism within from which and by which sin is generated. This passion began in the garden, where he began to feel the effects of it so severely that he literally began to die. “Father if it be thy will let this cup pass from me, but nevertheless, thy will be done”.

This is ultimately portrayed on the cross where literal darkness came over the scene. Jesus cried “My God, my God, why have you forsaken [abandoned] [left] me.” He was no longer feeling the loving presence of his Father, he was feeling the same sense of isolation from Love that we feel, he was caught up in the darkness of “soul” that we feel, his perception was not that of his loving Father but that of an angry God who was confronting him with the sin that by indwelling mankind, continued to express and produce the works of darkness that he now felt within him.

He stayed in this condition, feeling what we call “hell”, subject to all that we perceive to be the “punishment” of hell, feeling the burning wrath of the inner conflict that had now erupted into anguish and agony of soul. Until at last all of the inner death that mankind had “brought to the table” had been extinguished, had been overcome, had been brought to a state of life, where previously there was only death. Sure, he could have bailed at any time, he could have, as Spirit, returned to the Father. But once entered into the battle, it was inconceivable that he would quit the mission for which he was born. He was entitled to retain life, but having uttered the words “It is finished”, having defeated the “enemy” and restored the human condition, he surrendered his life, his Spirit,  to God. To his now restored perception, of God as Father. He died.

God the Father was never any different, had not changed, yet sin had changed man’s idea, view, of God into being someone who was out for revenge, someone who wanted to set things right by punishing us for sin. And we feel that sense of punishment within, we feel the impending doom through guilt and fear of death, yet God has never changed from being the loving Father to us all. He has never wanted us to die in our sins, he has always been available to wash us in his love, to restore us from darkness to light. We simply have been blinded to him in that way, because of the indwelling  darkness of sin.

Jesus was the revelation of the true nature of God. He came to remove the blinkers from our eyes, to take the shroud of death from our hearts, to release us from the misery of self condemnation that was empowered by the law that exists within us because we were made as sons of God. That law that is reinforced by the correct judgement we bring to bear on ourselves, so that, unable to bear it, we hide from it and from him, because the perceived unattainable love is so painful and miserable a condition. Jesus entered into this same condition, and destroyed its validity, destroyed its falseness of accusation against us and God, so that by our recognition of his loving righteousness in restoring us in Jesus, we rightly judge and agree with his action in forgiving us in this way as being the ultimate righteousness of all.

As created sons of God, we condemned ourselves to the point where our perception was that God was of the same nature as our false perception.

Christ didn’t remove the barrier between us and God because there never was one. What he did was to reveal his Father as being our Father, by presenting him in the correct perspective in relation to us and our own faulty perspective. Certainly he destroyed the faulty nature of man and suffered that which was the natural outcome of our “sickness”.

But by showing the outcome of this process as being life itself, he draws us to himself and the heavenly Father. We are drawn to his love which is able to cleanse us as we submit to that which always was, from the perfection of his concern for us to perfect us in the love that he is. By faith our sins are remitted, as they do not exist in his eyes, but only in our eyes. Such sorrow there may be as to hold us back from such submission, but such love must ultimately bring us to his heart and allow that love to consume us and consume our faults, our defects, our sin and darkness. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, no man comes to the Father but by me”.

Jesus exampled the father and also humanity within his own body. In this way he has become the high Priest for us, the intermediary for us. We are perfected in him, once we commit to him. We are not perfect as he is perfect, but we are perfected in that we will live with him regardless of our “performance” as we continue in the process of ultimate perfection, in which we are saved regardless of our ultimate condition, as long as we remain in him. “live a life of love”. “All things are yours”.

Love is the active ingredient that engages the enemy and suffers because of it. The nature of love is something that is continued in as faith builds a new reality which is really an old reality (I give you a new commandment which is really an old commandment) but is the reality of God and his love for us. Love one another, bear each others burdens, and so fulfill the “law” of Christ.

HOW JESUS KILLED THE DEVIL [467]

Well, not kill him, but remove his power [mortally wound]. Jesus came to “DESTROY the WORKS of the devil. No better description of these works could be found than that ascribed to the “works of the flesh”, which seems to encompass all of the evilness that anyone could want (or not want).

Simply then, the works of the flesh are the works of the devil. What Jesus did was to remove his power. What does this mean? The power of the flesh is wrapped up in the ability to accuse people of doing evil. To accuse them based on the things they have done, or even not done. This means they are guilty and are in line to receive some punishment, some result of what they have done. This we find encapsulated in “through fear of death man is subject to life long bondage.”

This bondage you find in Romans 6 and etc (Romans 7) where you find that (after being “taken captive by him to do his will”) the person has no power to hardly even make a decision to do good, because long experience has revealed that no matter how much someone wants to do good, or to not do evil, they do not have the follow-through resolve (power) to enable it to happen. This puts man in a wretched position, situation. [the sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law]. [law brings wrath]

This is called bondage to sin. It is called slavery to sin. Man is captivated by his sin nature, the “flesh”. [“sin in the flesh”]. The flesh has all the power, because of the deficiency of moral performance in man, and the fear that accompanies the realisation of this hopeless position. [“subjected to futility”]. So as long as man’s guilt has power over him, as long as the law can accuse him of wrongdoing, as long as the law can uphold the penalty for sin, man is ruined.

If man is forgiven of his debt to sin, to the law, he is freed from guilt and freed from its penalty as pronounced by law, DEATH. Man being currently under the penalty of death for his sin, being actually IN that penalty as a ‘living’ reality, means that even though he is physically alive, that this is temporary because he is REALLY, “spiritually”, dead inside. He will physically die, and his future is that of having to face up to what he is, being spiritually REALLY bankrupt.

Forgiveness of sin as a permanent sacrifice that is always in place, always available, and because it has already happened and been put in place, is ALWAYS EFFECTIVE. What this forgiveness does is to disable the power of accusation, it removes guilt by taking it away from the forgiven one. One who has been forgiven means he no longer has to take the guilt (cost)(effect of) because it has already been taken, taken away, removed, by the one who is doing the forgiving. “As far as East is from West, so far have I removed your sin from you”.

This means that the triggering mechanism within the flesh that is so quick to accuse (self-accusation) is disempowered, it no longer has any right to accuse of sin, because that sin has already been accounted for, has been dealt with, has been removed. Jesus wore it. So the necessity to remain in the death that sin had brought, is gone. There is no longer any need to pay heed to the voice that puts you down, that belittles you, that says you must pay for your sins, BECAUSE JESUS HAS PAID FOR THEM. In HIS flesh. With HIS flesh.

Being freed from death in this way calls for (should automatically give rise to) a response in you to leave this sin induced death behind, now being free of it, you can rise to the one who forgave you by means of his own suffering. The twisting mindset of the “devilish” flesh (the “serpent”) now doesn’t have a leg to stand on. (Pun intended). And that which is freeing in you is liable to be exasperating to others still in the power of the serpentile mind, and likely to show “great wrath”. The devil has lost his power, but would have you believe that he is still a force to be reckoned with. But pay no heed, the cross destroyed him, and he knows it.

The flesh has to face the reality that things are no longer the same as they were. That the balance of power has shifted to the sinner, to enable him to deny the devil (flesh) and his works. That man now has the moral power to enable that good thing which his Spirit led mind has envisaged to do, and to deny the claims of the flesh that there still remains a debt to be paid, and thereby to deny the ambitions of the flesh to provoke sin into existence. The flesh, devil, is the defeated enemy which is on borrowed time.

[The works of the flesh in the sinner are in a continuous state of producing that which the flesh has engineered on a continual basis of automatic submission to temptation, as a natural consequence of slavery to sin][the devil was “drowned” at the time of Noah’s Ark and is now “drowned” at baptism][the devil tempts on the basis of his power to condemn][by faith the flesh is recognised as having been put to death]

JESUS BORE THE WRATH OF GOD [466]

Jesus became sin for us, and because of this, bore the wrath that love has towards sin*. He became sin for us by assuming human form which contained subversive elements which had to be confronted by righteousness, (the law of righteousness) and wrath ensued, resulted. Wrath is conflict between righteousness and unrighteousness, and we get caught in the middle and suffer the feelings of it consequentially.

He became human nature for us, and experienced the result of it (wrath) and experienced the hell of it. (hell). He became a hell-goer for us. But his righteousness enabled him to overcome the destiny of unrighteousness, and to perfect his body into immortality. The process of the conflict of wrath in flesh is the experience of love versus sin, and the fear and suffering we experience are because we have our identity in the flesh instead of in him.

Human death returns the body to the soil, but the spiritual remnant remains to meet eternal judgement later on.

In Jesus bearing sin for us, on our behalf, his love suffered our eternal destiny as unredeemed people, so we no longer have to suffer the destiny of hell if we change by faith our way of life, our thinking. God also suffered the suffering of his son, and so together they have taken upon themselves the cost of  a creation that has gone astray, they have “paid” the price of sin, its consequences have been taken upon themselves, into the “god-head”. They “substituted” their well being for our sin.

*This does not mean people are automatically “alive” or have a good destiny, because they are still dead in their sins (in reality) until they accept release from them and their negative outcome (eternal death). It is the BELIEVING in God and his love that takes away sin and death and that actually allows the reality of it all to take place. So yes God substituted his righteousness to substitute for our unrighteousness – there was a conflict of kingdoms with us the beneficiaries. This substitution removed the INEVITABILITY of our death, not necessarily the death itself. But it is such a certainty, such a free gift that it is set in concrete, that he says “He has abolished death”. Certainly he destroyed death within himself, which is why he was able to be resurrected.

Wrath is not to be understood in terms of punishment, although it is only natural for it to be understood in this way, because of the effect it has on the human condition. Wrath is actually cause and effect, in that when love meets that which is not love, there will be conflict between the two conditions in which there will be friction and heat and the unlove will be the loser. Anything associated with non-love EG US, will lose the outcome of this conflict. That is why we need to be “IN” Jesus, in his resurrection, so we through him can also overcome the sin condition, having been awarded the free gift of his everloving eternal forgiveness, which is himself.

In this way man finally is forced into awareness of God and who he is, IE that he is love and that love is all he “does” and all that he only ever has done. Sin and death have been dealt with by Him, his love, his son, and it is only unbelief that can then prevent us from apprehending him and his life, our life, that he freely offers to all. Our death has been destroyed for us unless we disbelieve it. Our life is freely given in him unless we disbelieve it.

[As far as God is concerned, sin and death have been destroyed for all time and we are (have been) transferred by faith (believing) into his Kingdom from which we are positioned to act as his servants on the earth]

THE WRATH OF GOD [7c]

Wrath and Love are the same thing where the love is perfect. We may not think so, if we had our hand in the biscuit jar, and Dad or Mum caught us. Human anger is often irrational, whereas God’s “anger” is always rational, because it is a constant, and always has the same motivation, to benefit his creation.

This is because God’s Love and Anger are the same thing. He is not multifunctional, he is a constant being whom, though we see him in the progression of time, is actually fixed in time. Not that this has a lot to do with anything.

“Our God is a consuming fire.” The Holy Spirit is spoken of in terms of fire. At Pentecost the Spirit came on them all and appeared as flames of fire. When Moses came down from the Mount, his face was glowing from the residual Glory of the Lord, and from the glory of the given law. There is a principle of cleansing with fire. The wheat will be gathered into the barn, but the chaff will be burned.

The task of the Spirit is to burn out sin from believers, whether in large lumps or bit by bit. The Spirit confronts sin and destroys it. Similarly it will burn up the physical creation to reveal the Spiritual creation, when Christ returns with his fiery angels.  Men feel the presence of God’s wrath, because the sin within them filters it as anger and guilt and judgement. Paul said it was better to marry than to burn, whether with passion or whether he meant the Spirit perhaps. Errant cities were consumed by fire. True, some were also drowned in water, but that symbolism seems reserved for better things like baptism and rivers like the Jordan. Here too is the symbolism of cleansing, perhaps also by destruction.

At the end, it is God’s love that removes all sin from the creation. Love cannot be love if even a small part of hate is left to survive. It is spiritual matter in confrontation with earthly matter. Matter and Anti-matter. Fire and paper. And as for the hypothetical believer whose “works do not stand”, “he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames”.

The Spirit confronts sin. Galatians shows conflict and confrontation between Spirit and flesh. All flesh will be destroyed. All sin will be destroyed. Righteousness destroys unrighteousness. God’s love and wrath are the same thing, it is only our perception of it (him), as perceived by us, that sees a difference.

[see also “Punishment and Passion (wrath II) ” ] [and “Rising to life (wrath III”)]

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WHAT IS THE PRIORITY OF GOD’S LOVE [463a]

The priority of God’s love is to change your heart to be like his. Not someone else’s heart, but YOUR heart. He said “but you will not come to me that you might have life”. This coming to him really homes in on the essential aspect of the redemption, that our heart might be cleansed by faith and that it might assume to itself the nature of its liberator. That the emotional core of our being might be so affected that it releases all its pain and sorrow. That our heart might join with HIS heart in its focus on that which is really important, the liberation of all hearts from the futility of death and grief over this lost world, so they are equipped to handle the task of transference of his love to all.

His great redemption has achieved for all people, a change of such magnitude and scope that every single aspect of sin death and hopelessness has been dealt with for us, and there only remains that we should come to him in gratitude of what he has done, and which reveals who he is. This means that all of the emotional crippling that we have suffered in this world, has been restored to its rightful position, and we need to accept that and to accept the release of our emotions into his love. To live as sensitive and gentle people who are willing to share their lives with others who are still struggling towards  this truth.

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